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March 12, 2014
18:19 // 5 months ago
March 4, 2014
18:19 // 6 months ago
February 12, 2014
14:53 // 6 months ago
January 28, 2014
President Obama is expected to announce an executive order that would circumvent Congress to raise the minimum wage of federal employees, from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. The order will reportedly be part of a larger pledge from President Obama to seek change that doesn’t require help/approval from Congress, Speaker of the House John Boehner says Republicans won’t take action against the pay raise, but warned that any further attempts to encroach on Congress’ turf would be met with legal action. (Photo via State of Maryland) source

President Obama is expected to announce an executive order that would circumvent Congress to raise the minimum wage of federal employees, from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. The order will reportedly be part of a larger pledge from President Obama to seek change that doesn’t require help/approval from Congress, Speaker of the House John Boehner says Republicans won’t take action against the pay raise, but warned that any further attempts to encroach on Congress’ turf would be met with legal action. (Photo via State of Maryland) source

13:46 // 7 months ago
October 23, 2013

White House denies events described on Senator’s Facebook page

  • Sunday Sen. Dick Durbin (D) claimed that a member of the House GOP told President Obama that he “cannot even stand to look at [him],” asking his supporters how Democrats could honestly work with such disrespectful people.
  • Wednesday White House spokesman Jay Carney denied Sen. Durbin’s claim, telling a White House reporter that he’d personally spoken with a participant in the meeting referenced by Durbin, and that what the Senator describes “did not happen.” source
17:33 // 10 months ago
October 15, 2013
The President has said repeatedly that members of Congress don’t get to demand ransom for fulfilling their basic responsibilities to pass a budget and pay the nation’s bills. Unfortunately, the latest proposal from House Republicans does just that, in a partisan attempt to appease a small group of tea party Republicans.
White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage - Responding to the latest debt ceiling proposal from House Republicans, as both Democrats and Republicans continue to do everything they can to hang the federal shutdown around the necks of their Congressional rivals work towards an end to the fifteen day (and counting) federal shutdown. In related news, Eater DC has a list of bars and restaurants where government employees can get cheap/free food and drinks during the furlough. Looks like it may come in handy for a few more weeks.
16:33 // 10 months ago
October 10, 2013
Once Republicans in Congress act to remove the threat of default and end this harmful government shutdown, the president will be willing to negotiate on a broader budget agreement to create jobs, grow the economy, and put our fiscal house in order.
Unidentified White House official - Responding to a new short-term deal from House GOP members,  which would extend the national debt limit without ending the federal shutdown; however, the White House has yet to outright threaten a veto of Republicans’ latest proposal. source
14:24 // 10 months ago
September 18, 2013
We have not seen this in the past. That a budget is contingent on us eliminating a program that was voted on, passed by both chambers of Congress, ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court, is two weeks from being implemented, and helps 30 million get health-care coverage.
President Obama • Pushing back against a variety of House Republicans’ demands, after Speaker Boehner announced intentions to attach yet another attempt at defunding the Affordable Care Act to a bill seeking to avert a possible government shutdown on September 30. The President also said that he won’t “create a habit, a pattern, whereby the full faith and credit of the United States ends up being a bargaining chip to set policy.” source
17:02 // 11 months ago
September 4, 2013
I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.
President Obama • Appealing to the international community, in hopes of receiving more support for military strikes in Syria, during a speech in Stockholm on Wednesday. The President also said he did not believe his own credibility was on the line, when it comes to action/inaction in Syria, but that the same could not be said for America and the rest of the international community. Tomorrow, President Obama will meet with leaders of the other G20 nations, and the ongoing conflict in Syria is more than likely to become a topic of heavy discussion. source
14:43 // 12 months ago
August 28, 2013

U.S. House members urge President to get approval before using force in Syria

  • 82 U.S. Representatives, including thirteen Democrats, have signed a letter to President Obama, urging him to seek Congressional approval before ordering any sort of military offensive against the Syrian government. The letter reminds the President that to strike any country which doesn’t pose a direct threat to the U.S., like Syria, without Congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution. source
17:05 // 1 year ago